Taylor Swift fans can’t sue over ticket debacle


Live Country Diversion Inc. (LYVN) and auxiliary Ticketmaster LLC requested that a US judge stop a proposed customer class action on Friday regarding their Taylor Quick show pass deals. On second thought, the judge said that he would hear the request secretly.

The businesses want to avoid being sued in a government court in Los Angeles, California, for breaking antitrust and buyer security laws.

The Ticketmaster website crashed in the previous fall as a result of requests from fans, hawkers, and bots for Quick’s first show in a long time. This led US legislators and others to investigate claims that the tagging market lacks competition.

According to the claim from December, the merger of Live Country and Ticketmaster in 2010 eliminated competition in the market and allowed the companies to charge higher prices for Quick tickets than they would have otherwise been able to.

Most organizations favor mediation over court action in an effort to quickly determine the situation and stop any potential harm. In US antitrust cases, a company runs the risk of suffering triple damages.

Live Country, based in Beverly Slopes, stated in its court filing on Friday that the ticket purchaser who recorded the case “over and over concurred” to referee any cases arising from her use of Ticketmaster’s web-based frameworks.

In a number of instances, Live Country has successfully argued that customers of its online tagging platforms consented to referee debates. The organization cited a decision made this month by the ninth US Circuit Court of Requests, which gave the ticket organization discretion in an antitrust case.

On February 13, Live Country’s attorneys referred to the decision made by the ninth Circuit as “restricting power” that “can and ought to end” the request made by the Los Angeles court.

On Monday, requests for input were not promptly responded to by attorneys for the offended party and Live Country.

Sterioff v. Live Country Amusement Inc. and Ticketmaster LLC, Focal Locale of California, US Region Court, No. 2:22-cv-09230-GW-GJS.

For the party offended: Faruqi and Faruqi Lisa Omoto; and Walsh LLC’s Bonner Walsh for the respondent: Latham and Watkins’ Timothy O’Mara

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